I may not have found 9,999 diet tips that don’t work for me, but the number is rapidly climbing.
Cheat days. I know…they are supposed to give you hope for a brighter tomorrow. “Three more days and I can go to Olive Garden and eat whatever I want.” But more accurately for me, it ends up being more along the lines of, “Oh I really want Olive Garden’s Steak Gorgonzola Alfredo. I’ll just make today my cheat day.” Now that would be fine if it wasn’t followed up the next day with, “Oh, I really want some Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Red Lobster. I’ll just use next week’s cheat day today.” Uh-uh…At least for the time being I am not gong to be able to have scheduled cheat days. I know me. And I know that I can justify anything if my flesh is calling to me loud enough.
Walking. This may get the hackles up on every fitness advice giver out there. You would think that because it is such a low impact, low effort activity, it would appeal to me. I. Hate. It. It’s boring. It doesn’t feel effective to me (which makes me less motivated to do it). It’s uncomfortable on problem areas on my body (carrying 11 and 13 pound babies has wreaked havoc on my hips, and plantar fasciitis gets much worse after walking). And did I mention it is boring? Whether it’s eight times around the track or two miles around the neighborhood, I feel like every minute is five and every ½ mile is a mini-marathon. I can not be more dramatic about how much I hate to walk. Negative? Perhaps. But it's my body and I'll cry if I want to. I am choosing to do something else. As soon as I figure out what that is.
Cutting out major food groups. I like carbs. I like red meat. I like beans. I like fruit. I like sugar. I like wheat. I am aware that any of these things in abundance can be bad for you, so I have no issue with reducing or greatly restricting some of them. But to cut them out completely only makes me want them more. Yes, I know - break yourself of the addiction and that will go away. But I am not planning on going my whole life without sugar…So for me and my lifestyle it makes more sense for to learn to manage having it in a healthy way rather than banning it from my diet forever. Anything that sets me up to break a rule or feel like a failure is a trigger for me to quit completely. I’ve got to make allowances. This is something I have learned.
There are more, but those are three biggies that I feel like I always get guilted into by other well meaning people. And for them, GREAT! I am glad they worked. But for now, I am not there. But by not being there (wherever 'there' is) and recognizing my own limitations, I do feel like I am becoming more aware of what the picture of success needs to look like in my journey.
It’s all about self realization.